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by on February 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm in Books, Religion | Permalink

From my email Inbox:

Greetings T. Cowen,

I’m L. Ron Gardner and I’ve just published a mind-blowing novel/libertarian manifesto — Kill Jesus: The Shocking Return of the Chosen One — that you might want to review at your site. It is about Jesus reincarnating and attempting to end the Fed, which his father controls. The book, which has been described as “Atlas Shrugged on ‘roids,” is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

1 ben-canaan February 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm

“Jack Cohen” as the reincarnation of Jesus is pretty good, though.

2 dearieme February 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Wouldn’t “Josh Cohen” be better?

3 ben-canaan February 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Too on-the-nose.

4 Mondfledermaus February 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm
5 Dylan February 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm

All three of the Amazon reviews are 5 star.

6 rklllama February 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

There are a lot of books on Amazon with three 5 star reviews. I wonder which three people wrote the reviews? Just saying. When it comes to reviews, a small sample size also comes with massive selection bias.

7 yo February 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

The author, in these cases, basically has three friends who can be persuaded to write a review?

8 IEIUNUS February 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

“I am a mystic-philosopher…”


9 dearieme February 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm

I am the very model of a mystical philosopher. But I won’t even try to match this work of genius.

10 Ricardo February 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Paging Larry Iannaccone…

11 bdbd February 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Features a complicated and troubled relationship with the gold standard

12 rayward February 4, 2016 at 1:57 pm

L. Ron Gardner: “The practice of celibacy is not about morality; it’s about energy. Simply put, when one desists from sexual orgasm, the conserved vital energy can easily be transmuted into increased spiritual energy. And if one has not awakened spiritual energy, the practice of celibacy can provide the boost to awaken it.” St. Paul practiced and promoted celibacy and the single life – the whole Christian “family” thing was invented in the 1950s. Gardner: “Celibacy is similar to fasting: Just as the first few days of a fast are the hardest, the first couple of weeks of sexual abstinence can be the most difficult. But once you’ve made it a couple of weeks, you should really begin to notice the difference in your meditation.” A couple of weeks? He’s never been married.

13 Thiago Ribeiro February 4, 2016 at 3:35 pm

“St. Paul practiced and promoted celibacy and the single life – the whole Christian “family” thing was invented in the 1950s.”
Peter, at the other hand, was married.

14 rayward February 4, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Yes, and Paul didn’t care much for Peter, James, and John. The celibacy movement grew with the Jesus movement, especially among young women, who were rebelling against a life of sex, birth, death, and decay.

15 JWatts February 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

“the whole Christian “family” thing was invented in the 1950s.”

Sure, sure. There were no Christian families before the 1950’s. No one Caroled. No one celebrated Christmas, or attended a Christian church. Christian families were all a giant marketing campaign developed by the Eisenhower administration.

16 Deek February 5, 2016 at 5:20 am

In Scotland Christmas was effectively outlawed for centuries following John Knox and the reformation. It only became a public holiday in 1957. It’s part of the reason why Hogmanay is such a big deal.

17 Dan Lavatan February 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

He was probably referring to fasting, but if you are married why wouldn’t you watch porn and jerk off?

Anyway, I am right with him. Plus you can put the time you would have in getting/preparing food into work; enough time to draft a nice fed auditing bill.

18 Tony February 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Um, abstaining from sex, including and perhaps especially masturbation, is more like abstaining from exercise. It leaves you weak and shriveled. It’s advice given by your reproductive rivals and is intended to reduce your evolutionary fitness.

19 Hiawatha Jone February 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

E. Harding writes novels?

20 Nicholas Marsh February 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

There’s a narrative problem with any protagonist that can perform miracles.

Either they use their divine power, leading to a boring book with no dramatic tension. Or for some reason the protagonist doesn’t use miracles, leaving the reader baffled or irritated.

21 Andao February 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

They might run out of mana potions at an inopportune time, which could be suspenseful

22 jseliger February 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

I think you get better mail / books sent to you. Is it wrong of me to feel slightly envious?

23 MKBARCH February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm

“L. Ron” ? Huh, where have we heard that one . . . South Park’s crawl come to mind: “This is what Scientologists actually believe”.

24 Jason Bayz February 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm
25 Bjartur February 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

never trust an L. Ron

26 Chip February 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Harsh. He could have taken the ring for himself and didn’t.

27 dearieme February 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

D’you do Ron wrong, wrong; d’you do Ron wrong?

28 Aaron Aardvark February 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

Janet Yellen is God? Who knew?

29 Eric Hammer February 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm

My first thought was “I would totally read that, assuming it is to books as Kung Fury is to movies.”
My second thought was “What kind of human writes that email and thinks ‘Perfect, this is exactly what I want to send to an academic reviewer’?”
My subsequent thoughts attempted to answer the second, and made me rethink the first.

30 Dan Lavatan February 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm

So Tyler, when are you going to post the review. Is it possible for an author to gift something to a kindle while still using DRM?

31 Heorogar February 5, 2016 at 7:59 am

That is why I have no respect for libertarians.

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